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Loudoun officials hail Route 7-Belmont Ridge interchange groundbreaking

Attorney General Mark Herring speaks at today’s groundbreaking ceremony of the Route 7-Belmont Ridge Road interchange. Courtesy Photo/Office of the Attorney General
Elected officials of all political stripes joined together today in eastern Loudoun County to hail the groundbreaking of the Route 7-Belmont Ridge Road interchange in Ashburn.

The $48 million interchange project ties into the $80 million-plus Belmont Ridge Road improvement initiative, which will widen Belmont Ridge Road (Route 659) from two to four lanes on a six-lane right-of-way, from Hay Road (Route 642) to Gloucester Parkway (Route 2150). The widening project also includes: a dividing median; curbs and gutters; a bridge over the Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail' shared-use paths on both sides of Belmont Ridge Road; direct connections from the shared-use paths to the W&OD Trail; and a parking lot for trail users.

The overall congestion-calming measures are slated for a late 2018 completion. The interchange is expected to take two or three years to complete.

Loudoun County, the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration are jointly funding the infrastructure improvements.

Attorney General Mark Herring (D), a former state senator from Loudoun, attended Tuesday's ceremony, along with county Chairman Scott York, state Sens. Dick Black (R-13th) and Jennifer Wexton (D-33rd), Del. Randy Minchew (R-10th), Sheriff Mike Chapman (R) and county Supervisors Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn), Jim Bonfils (R-Broad Run) and Eugene Delgaudio (R-Sterling).

Herring said the Route 7-Belmont Ridge intersections has consistently been on of the most dangerous in the county, all the way back to his days as county supervisor.

The attorney general helped secure state funding for the Route 7-Belmont project during his time in the senate. Herring praised local and state officials for working together to get the project moving.

"This was a team effort," Herring said.


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